Senior Citizen Concession

#31 Nov 27th, 2017, 08:40
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Senior discount for foreigners was eliminated last year. Don't know about OCIs.
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Hmm it seems like that the particular toy train does not allow Senior citizen discount.
#33 Nov 27th, 2017, 23:23
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post The senior citizen concession no longer exists
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post ... Don't know about OCIs.
As I recall, and I quite possibly read it here, it is available to Indian citizens only.
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Senior citizen concession is available @ 40% in all classes for Men - 60 years and above; @ 50% in all classes for Women - 58 years and above.

It is available also in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/ Duronto train for passengers traveling for any purpose.

Note: Senior citizens’ concession is not admissible to foreign nationals and NRIs with effect from September 29 2016, except Foreign students studying in India - traveling to attend camps/seminars organized by Govt. of India and also visit to places of historical & other importance during vacations.
#35 Dec 1st, 2017, 00:35
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It is wrong to say that "the senior citizen concession no longer exists". Recently(only a week back) I had traveled from Howrah to Guwahati & back in 3AC. Both me and my wife are senior citizens as per Railway criteria and we had got the usual "senior citizen concessions or discount" as applicable. We are, however, Indian citizens; and I am not sure whether there is separate set of rules for non-Indian senior citizen passengers.
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We are, however, Indian citizens; and I am not sure whether there is separate set of rules for non-Indian senior citizen passengers.
It has been explained in the previous posts. Yes, it was wrong to say that it no longer exists; Yes, it is available to Indian citizens only.
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I'm a foreigner and in the past I used the senior citizen concession.
I have not used the IRCTC website for a long time but today I got this mail
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Campaign for Subsidy Given Up By The Elderly

Respected Jan Vonk Ji,

I am delighted to know that you have voluntarily given up your railway ticket subsidy. I am grateful to you for your contribution. The money saved will be used to improve safety and connectivity of Indian Railways, which is the primary mode of transport for the people of India.

Indian Railways has been going through various transformational changes in the last few years and several decisions have been taken to enhance passenger experience in Railways.

Your selfless gesture to give up your ticket subsidy is an example for the youth and will further motivate them to contribute to the socio-economic development of India. I express my profound gratitude for your decision and co-operation in building New Railways for a New India.

I am confident with your blessings we will transform railways into a modern, safe, green, affordable and comfortable mode of transport.

Jai Hind!
Piyush Goyal
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Seems a bit strange, maybe there has been some sort of "opt in" deadline to continue with the senior discounts. They seem to have you pegged as an Indian citizen.
Rest assured that all us full paying passengers will be contributing to the greater good of the Indian railways!

Just ignore the email is my advice...

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Almost every time I'm on a train some senior asks me to trade seats with them, so they can have the lower berth. I used to give it to them without hesitation, but then I started getting woken up in the middle of the night, because the seat I traded for was booked for a closer destination. Several times someone has asked me to trade seats and I later find out that they are part of a family and the younger members have taken the lower berths and sent their senior family members off to find other lower berths. Many times they will come and ask me in a different berth before asking the passengers with lower seats in their assigned berth.
I have since learned a little Hindi. I'm pretty sure one man said "this goat will move when I tell him to", and then promptly asked if he could trade seats. After that, I am hesitant to trade seats. I feel a bit of an asshole, but maybe a bit of NYC hospitality is fair.
#41 Apr 28th, 2018, 00:07
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The last time I fell victim to one of those people that organises an entire carriage around his family, I decided it was the last time.

But, hey, maybe one day I might want to help out. I'll remember your advice to check that they are travelling to the same destination. Thank you!

On our recent trip, I, not being an Indian citizen, did not get any senior-citizen discount. But I have claimed it, in the past, when it was available. No smarmy emails for me, I'm afraid!
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I just got the same message from Shri Piyush Goyal, "Respected (my full name) ji" and all. Last time I booked a ticket on IRCTC was in October and I was refused a concession.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post On our recent trip, I, not being an Indian citizen, did not get any senior-citizen discount. But I have claimed it, in the past, when it was available. No smarmy emails for me, I'm afraid!
Same here. Last time we had to pay full fare but they were fairly short trips, not like from Amritsar to Varanasi or Delhi to Kolkata which have done a few times and some other train trip like that, makes me tired just thinking about those train journeys, but we were a bit younger but not too young
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